Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Nidahas Trophy: Bangladesh win toss, put India to bat first

Nidahas Trophy: Bangladesh win toss, put India to bat first

An upbeat Indian side will take on Bangladesh in the fifth Twenty20 global (T20I) of the tri-series at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday. Among slow bowlers, off-spinner Washington Sundar has done extremely well opening the bowling in the Powerplay overs in every game.

Had Mushfiqur had an equally capable partner, Bangladesh might have made a game of it. Mahmudullah holed out in the ninth over, trying to hit a six off Chahal.

Liton Das danced down the track as Washington fired a widish delivery, which he completely missed for Dinesh Karthik to complete an easy stumping.

India will play against Bangladesh after their winning game with host Sri Lanka on the 4th match.

Captain Rohit returned to form with a brutal 89 off only 61 balls as India posted 176-3 after being asked to bat first in Colombo on Wednesday.

Following a watchful start against a disciplined Bangladesh bowling, India cut loose with Sharma and Suresh Raina, who smashed 47, putting together 102 runs for the second wicket.

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma perished on the final delivery of the innings on 89. The partnership was broken when Rubel Hossain cleaned up Shikhar Dhawan on 35 (27). Bangladesh too are without the services of Shakib Al Hasan and despite India's understrength, the fringe players have done remarkably since their defeat against Sri Lanka in the tournament opener. Suresh Raina (47) also contributed handsomely to the cause.

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In reply, India lost Rohit Sharma early, yet again with Shikhar Dhawan following suit. This is his 13th T20I fifty.

Pace bowler Rubel got two wickets for an economic 27-run in four overs for the Tigers.

"If we would have conceded ten less runs then we could've won", Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah said.

Pacer Mohammed Siraj, who came into the playing XI replacing left-armer Jaydev Unadkat, was at the receiving end of Rahim's aggression but managed to contain the Bangladeshis towards the end.

A win for India gives the Men in Blue three wins out of their four matches, clinching a first-place finish in the group stage of the cricket tri-series, and with it, a guaranteed spot in the trophy match.

But the young squad has done well so far in this series under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma who is in great form.

Skipper Mahmudullah (11) was guilty of squandering a half-tracker when he pulled one from Yuzvendra Chahal (1/21 in 4 overs) straight into deep mid-wicket fielder KL Rahul's hands.

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